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Meaning & Definition of Stumble in English

English

Stumble

/stəmbəl/

noun

1. An unsteady uneven gait

    synonym:
  • lurch
  • ,
  • stumble
  • ,
  • stagger

2. An unintentional but embarrassing blunder

  • "He recited the whole poem without a single trip"
  • "He arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"
  • "Confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
    synonym:
  • trip
  • ,
  • trip-up
  • ,
  • stumble
  • ,
  • misstep

verb

1. Walk unsteadily

  • "The drunk man stumbled about"
    synonym:
  • stumble
  • ,
  • falter
  • ,
  • bumble

2. Miss a step and fall or nearly fall

  • "She stumbled over the tree root"
    synonym:
  • stumble
  • ,
  • trip

3. Encounter by chance

  • "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"
    synonym:
  • stumble
  • ,
  • hit

4. Make an error

  • "She slipped up and revealed the name"
    synonym:
  • stumble
  • ,
  • slip up
  • ,
  • trip up